Marijuana Initiative Under Fire In Oregon

OREGON:  Oregon voters recently received an anti-marijuana postcard in the mail which is covered with a lot of ostensible reasons to vote against a pending ballot measure. The No on 91 campaign seeks to inform Oregon voters to the ills of marijuana using undocumented claims and fear tactics. The shadowy organization is rumored to be receiving funds from several Sherrif’s Associations, but they have refused to respond to numerous queries as to where their funding comes from, the people involved in their campaign, or any substantial information that might reveal political or corporate interest.

Measure 91 is a ballot measure supported by New Approach Oregon, a non-profit organization seeking legal marijuana. Their website clearly indicates individuals to approach with questions and new stories have detailed their spending. New Approach was instrumental in the successful initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in Colorado. From January to May, 2014, Colorado had raised over $14 million in tax revenue from recreational cannabis and more than $4 million from medical dispensaries. Their Oregon initiative seeks to reap the same tax revenue from marijuana.

The claims in the No on 91 postcard include the statement that ″big marijuana business targets children.″ This claim is not supported by any appeal to logic or reason. In fact, the measure prohibits the sale of cannabis products to children and even goes so far as to require a buzz-door system for those seeking admittance to a cannabis dispensary. There is no evidence of a ″big marijuana business″ though it is clear from the enormous tax revenue that there is a lot of money in recreational cannabis. Whether a “big marijuana business” will sprout in Oregon is yet to be seen.

 

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